News you may have missed #808 (Obama-Netanyahu edition)

Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack ObamaBy IAN ALLEN | |
►►The other concession speech: Netanyahu congratulates Obama. At least there was no pretending. In the language of diplomacy, the greeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended to Barack Obama on the occasion of his re-election was “correct” and nothing more. “Prime Minister Netanyahu congratulates US President Barack Obama on his election victory,” read the public statement issued early Wednesday in Jerusalem. The next word out of Balfour Street, where Netanyahu mulled the returns, was a warning to members of his Likud party to shut up about how they figure the premier might really feel. By then, the deputy speaker of the Knesset had already called Obama “naïve” and vowed Israel would not “surrender” to him.
►►Netanyahu rushes to repair damage with US President. Over the past several years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has on several occasions confronted or even undercut US President Barack Obama, taking his message directly to the Israel-friendly United States Congress, challenging Mr. Obama’s appeal to the Arab world, and seeming this fall to support his opponent, Mitt Romney. Mr. Netanyahu woke up Wednesday to find not only that his Republican friend had lost, but also that many Israelis were questioning whether he had risked their collective relationship with Washington.
►►Barack Obama victory spells trouble for Israel’s Netanyahu. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an even more awkward time with Washington and re-energized critics at home who accused him on Wednesday of backing the loser in the US presidential election. With Iran topping his conservative agenda, Netanyahu will have to contend with a strengthened second-term Democratic president after four years of frosty dealings with Barack Obama and a rift over how to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

3 Responses to News you may have missed #808 (Obama-Netanyahu edition)

  1. TFH says:

    “… the greeting … was “correct” and nothing more. “Prime Minister Netanyahu congratulations US President Barack Obama on his election victory,””

    Should it not be ‘congratulates’ rather than ‘congratulations’, this is probably because I can’t see the context but if this really is a typo, the Israeli foreign ministry sent out in already terse message, then it looks like direct insult.

  2. intelNews says:

    The typo was indeed in the original announcement, but we have corrected our piece. Thanks for catching it. [IA]

  3. Clarke says:

    The most effective protection for the Israeli State would be to cease taking over Palestinian lands, to renew negotiations with the Arabic peoples of Israel and the West Bank and Gaza and to treat its Arab-speaking population with respect. If Israel were to demonstrrate a desire to be a good and reliable neighbor, overall tensions in the Middle East would drop and Iran would look naked and without friends. I am an American who has visited Israel and was deeply moved by the people of Israel. If Israel cannot live without a war with Iran, it will regrettably find itself alone. Prime Minister Netanyahu could be the one person with the capacity to stand up to the bitter-enders in Gaza and Tel Aviv. With respect,

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